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Green Shocked By Johnson Axing

Green Shocked By Johnson Axing

Zach Johnson’s former caddie Damon Green admits he has no hard feelings towards the veteran but was shocked at their split.

Green had been on the 42-year-old’s bag since 2003 and had overseen 12 wins on the PGA Tour, but Johnson has not visited the winner’s circle since the summer of 2015.

That was in the Open Championship, when the St Simons resident secured a play-off victory over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman at St Andrews.

It was his second major success after the duo had teamed up to win the 2007 Masters thanks to a two-shot victory at Augusta.

Now ranked 64th in the world, Johnson’s form has tailed off over the past few years and he recorded just two top-10 finishes during 2018, missing three cuts.

Green told The Caddie Network that he was surprised to be given the chop but pleased to have been part of the five-time Ryder Cup star’s success.

“Zach said, ‘I think we need to take a break. It’s not a ‘firing.’ We’re too good friends for that,'” he said. “I just think he didn’t want to say the word ‘fire.’ I was shocked.

“He’s probably had a Hall of Fame career and I had a front-row seat to it. It was great to watch.”

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